Homeschool Nature Program for Kids – Youth School

Youth School - Homeschool Nature Program for Kids“Thank you for all you do for our children. It is a supreme blessing to have adults who care deeply about our children and who are passing on their love for the world and people around us.”
-Dawn Behm, Parent

Wilderness Awareness Youth School is a weekly nature course for homeschooled children ages 7-13. Through creative play and exploration, Youth School participants work together in small groups, gaining nature awareness and knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds, and survival.

During the year there are field trips, optional overnight experiences, and guest instructors in various topics.

There is a maximum group size of 9 students per instructor to ensure opportunities for individual attention and mentoring, so be sure to register your child early for this homeschool nature program.

Interested? Click here to view a list of our upcoming visit days!

Course Registration Details

Register Now When? September to June @ 9am-3pm Thursdays
Where? Our land in the foothills of the Cascades near Duvall, WA
Who? Ages 7-13 How much? $2,540

2014-2015 School Information

Course Registration For more information about course registration or to apply, please call our office: 425-788-1301

Class Meets (choose a section)
Section 1: Thurs. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (Ages 7-9) - also known as the "Foxes"
Section 2: Thurs. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; (Ages 10-13) - also known as the "Coyotes"

(*We are 15 min. from Woodinville, WA; 20 min. from Redmond, WA; 30 min. from Bellevue, WA; and 50 min. from Seattle, WA).

Classes start September 18, 2014


Quarterly Payments** $2,440.00
Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $610.00 due upon registration.
3 Payments of $610.00 (September 1, December 1, March 1)
Must enroll in automatic payments
**$100.00 discount if paid in full by September 1st.

Monthly Payments    $2,540.00
10 Payments of $193.00 (September 1-June 1)
Must enroll in automatic payments
Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $610.00 due upon registration.


If you require tuition assistance, we invite you to submit a Scholarship Application along with your non-refundable enrollment fee.  If you are not awarded the scholarship that you have applied for, and are not able to participate in the program, we will refund your enrollment fee minus a $25.00 administration fee.

Our Educational Philosophy

At the core of our approach to educating young people is our concept of "Passion-based learning." This is the idea that every one of us has special gifts to bring to the world, things that spark our passions in life.

Our school's fundamental goal is to awaken this spirit in our students, and to help them identify and pursue their gifts. We believe that the most effective learning happens when young people are pursuing what they love, and so truly desire to learn.

Equally important is our philosophy that the most effective learning happens when students figure things out "on their own."

In their efforts to do this, they are individually guided by mentors who strive to create experiences and opportunities for students to discover their own answers.

We call this method Coyote Mentoring, a technique that encourages creative thinking rather than providing answers, and results in much deeper learning. It also stimulates the growth of problem-solving skills, and stretches the students into greater self-sufficiency in their living and learning.

Meet Your Instructors

Sol Marie Doran


Sol Marie Doran has been working with children since 1995 and has been mentoring with the Wilderness Awareness School methodology since 2002. She came to the school in 2004 from Santa Barbara, CA, where she worked with Wilderness Youth Project, ran an early childhood outdoor program, and earned a B.S. in Ecology. She is finishing her last Kamana Naturalist Training Program field pack, is a 2-time Tracking Intensive graduate, has trained in herbalism at Ravencroft, and has studied since 2008 with Kim Scanlon and Francis Weller on various arts, including modern cultural development, leadership, and emotions. She has an M.A. in Clinical Somatic Psychology and will receive her Somatic Experiencing Method certification in October 2013. Her personal interests include Forrest Yoga and ethnic dance.

Andy Franjevic


Andy grew up in Ohio, where he spent his summer weekends at his grandparent’s cabin by the lake.  He caught frogs and turtles with his brother and sisters and went fishing with his grandpa.  Later, he worked at a state park in Ohio for a couple of years as the Park Naturalist, where he was able to share his passion for nature with visitors and explore the park day and night.  In 2004, Andy moved to Washington to attend Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School.  Since then he has completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Evergreen State College with a project of exploring history and researching his ancestors.  He is particularly passionate about planting trees to create diverse landscapes, which makes his position as Land Steward quite enjoyable.  He also thoroughly enjoys tracking, trailing and watching birds, especially in the company of children.  He is madly in love with his wife Shari and daughter Samara.

Richie Rivera-Booth


Richie was born and raised in Yelm, WA. Spending his summers camping in Weyerhauser with family and friends he developed a deep love for the forest. Working with youth at Camp Cispus during high school and college he realized his passion for working with kids. He has since dedicated his life to reconnecting with nature, community and self. He is deeply committed to helping both kids and adults to find their passions by sharing his with them.

Since coming to the school in 2007 he has completed the Anake Outdoor School, the Apprenticeship Program, the Tracking Intensive, and a number of other programs. Over the past three years on staff he has worked at Roots and Wings, Coyotes, Community School, and Wild Within. He is now excited to bring his gifts and passions to the adults as a core Anake Outdoors School instructor.
Things that keep Richie active are going out trailing animals, practicing archery, learning about bird language, making his own sour dough bread, deer bone broth, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, and other kitchen projects, making moccasins, spending time with friends, family, and his beautiful wife Natalie and their new daughter Ruby.